American Legion Sponsors Oratorical Competition

Cooper Bulens wins local competition

By Bill Leber, Crosby-Gilbert Post 101
Crosby-Gilbert Post 101 sponsored an Oratorical Competition at the Stone Chapel at Proctor Academy. L to R: Don Clendenen, Leo Paquin Dist 6 Cdr, Lloyd Perreault, Goeff Sahs, Cooper Bulens, (winner), Vice CDR Levi Southworth, Post 101 CDR Bill Leber


Andover's American Legion Post sponsored an oratorical competition for high school students on January 9.  Proctor Academy being the only High school in the Post’s area, the contest was held at the Stone Church in Andover.
The topic for orators was the Constitution of the United States.  Orator contestants speak for 8 to 10 minutes on the general subject of choice.  Then there is a drawing of one of the amendments and the contestant speaks for 4 to 5 minutes on the selected amendment.
Proctor teacher Geoff Sahs cooperated with the Post in organizing and promoting the contest. Initially, five students were interested in participating but only one, Cooper Bulens, saw it through to the contest.
Cooper spoke very well, and the timer and judges found he completed the oration within the  rules.  Therefore, Cooper was awarded the first prize and qualified to proceed to District 6 contest in Lebanon on January 20.  If successful at District 6, Cooper will qualify to participate in the State contest at St Anselm in Manchester on March 10.
The Post was pleased District Six Commander Leo Paquin attended the contest and provided valuable assistance in the conduct of the contest.
The Post is proud and pleased to sponsor this program and looks forward to considering sponsoring other American Legion programs such as Middle School Oratorical, Boys and Girls State.